Università degli Studi di Perugia

Unit APPLIED ECOTOXICOLOGY

Course
Biology
Study-unit Code
GP004088
Curriculum
Biosanitario
Teacher
Antonia Concetta Elia
Teachers
  • Antonia Concetta Elia
Hours
  • 47 ore - Antonia Concetta Elia
CFU
6
Course Regulation
Coorte 2020
Offered
2021/22
Learning activities
Caratterizzante
Area
Discipline del settore biodiversità e ambiente
Sector
BIO/07
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
English
Contents
toxicity assessments, contaminants; diagnostic and prognostic tools; Predictive systems in ecotoxicology; Environmental monitoring; Ecological Risk Assessment, Practical training in laboratory.
Reference texts
Vighi e Bacci, Edizione 2006. Ecotossicologia, UTET
Fossi MC. Biomarkers: Strumenti di diagnosi e prognosi ambientale. Rosni EditriceSRL. Firenze pp 128.
C.H. Walker, R.M. Sibly, S.P. Hopkin, D.B. Peakall, 2012. Principles of Ecotoxicology, Fourth edition.
A TEXTBOOK OF MODERN TOXICOLOGY THIRD EDITION Edited by Ernest Hodgson, 2004. A JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC., PUBLICATION
Educational objectives
Aim of the course is to provide the basis for understanding and studying the effects of toxic substances at different levels of ecological complexity (individual, population, community), also considering their circulation modes in environment. In the context of the course will be addressed the ecotoxicological indicators for protection and assessment of ecosystems health, especially the aquatic ones, inrelation to the impact of priority and emerging pollutants.
Prerequisites
The student must have basic knowledge of ecology and chemistry.
Teaching methods
Face to face; Practical training;
Other information
Attendance to the course: Recommended
Learning verification modality
Final oral exam on the course contents.
Extended program
Introduction to Applied Ecotoxicology. The main contaminants. Toxicity and Damage assessment; Bioassays. Biomonitoring. Diagnostic and prognostic tools: bioindicators bio-accumulators, and biomarkers; QSAR analysis. Environmental Quality Criteria. Biogeochemical cycles of micro pollutants. Partition coefficient. Bioconcentration, bioaccumulation; biomagnification. Degradation processes. Fugacity model. Ecological Risk Assessment. Sustainable development. Environmental impact assessment (VIA). EU regulation on chemicals (REACH). Environmental Pollution. Practical training in laboratory: biochemical application for the measurement of biomarkers of oxidative stress in aquatic organisms
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